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Teddy Tahu Rhodes

Teddy has rapidly established an international career on both the opera stage and concert platform.  He has performed with the opera companies of San Francisco, Austin, Washington, Philadelphia, Dallas, Cincinnati, Houston, New York, the Hamburg Staatsoper, Bayerische Staatsoper/Munich, Theatre du Chatelet/Paris, in Vienna, Welsh National Opera and Scottish Opera.

Recent seasons include Escamillo (Hamburg, Théatre du Chatalet/Paris, Munich, Bilbao, Metropolitan Opera, OA), Don Giovanni (OA, WA Opera ),  Scarpia – Tosca (WA Opera), Emille de bec –  South Pacific (OA Australian Tour) and King of Siam –  The King and I (OA Australian Tour).  Teddy debuted the roles of Méphistophélès  (Faust/OA, SOSA and WA Opera), the title role in (Sweeney Todd/Victorian Opera), the title role in Don Giovanni (OA’s new production) as well as a concert tour (From Broadway to La Scala/Australia, and NZ).

Awards include an ARIA, two Helpmann Awards, a Limelight Award, a Green Room Award plus a MO Award.

Teddy Tahu Rhodes’ ABC Classics’ discography includes Fauré’s Requiem and Le naissance de Vénus, Handel’s Messiah, Musical Renegades (on CD/DVD), solo discs including Mozart Arias, The Voice, Vagabond, The Bach Arias, Mozart Requiem, Serious Songs, You’ll Never Walk Alone (with David Hobson), Teddy Tahu RhodesMahler and From Broadway to La Scala (with David Hobson, Greta Bradman and Lisa McCune) and There was a Man Lived in the Moon.  He also appears on the CD/DVD recording of The Little Prince for Sony International/ BBC, on CD/DVD Haley Westenra Live, DVD of Peter Grimes at the Metropolitan Opera for EMI Classics, the Metropolitan Opera’s Carmen (DVD and shown in cinemas world-wide) and Chandos’ Love for Three Oranges.

In 2017 Teddy returns to WA opera to sing the role of Scarpia in Tosca, TSO Orchestra, Qld Pops Orchestra, Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, a national tour of Australia and a series of Christmas concerts in Tasmania, Victoria and NSW.

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David Hobson

David Hobson is one of Australia’s best known operatic tenors, a concert and stage performer, a composer and recording artist.

He has sung many roles for Opera Australia and both state and international opera companies, including his award-winning performances as Rodolfo (La Bohème) and the title role in Orphee.

Other roles include Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni), Ferrando (Cosi fan tutte), Count Almaviva (The Barber of Seville), Nadir (Pearl Fishers), Lindoro (L'Italiana in Algeri), Frederic (The Pirates of Penzance), The Architect in the world premiere of The Eighth Wonder, Eisenstein (Die Fledermaus), Danilo (The Merry Widow), Aristaeus/ Pluto (Orpheus in the Underworld) and the title role in Candide.

As a music theatre leading man, David stared as Caractacus Potts in the Australian premiere of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Buddy in the concert version of Stephen Sondheim’s Follies and Nick Arnstein in Funny Girl.

Solo concert highlights include A Little Closer (Sydney Opera House) and Am I Really Here? (Adelaide Cabaret Festival). Special engagements include a performance for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth and singing the national anthem at the AFL and Australian Open finals. He is well known from his appearances on Carols by Candlelight, Spicks and Specks, Dancing with the Stars, as a presenter on the Foxtel’s STUDIO and is a regular performer on, and Ambassador for, Bravo Cruise.

David has recorded numerous albums with many reaching No 1 chart status and has won numerous awards, including Operatic Performer of the Year and an Australian Record Industry Association (ARIA) Award.

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Caroline O'Connor

Caroline comes directly from Broadway and London’s West End after appearing in the new musical Anastasia at the Broadhurst Theatre, playing Countess Lily Malevsky-Malevitch and Anna in Kander and Ebb’s The Rink.

She created the dual roles of Polly/Mary Douvan in the world premiere of the new Australianmusical Dreamlover, the Bobby Darin story.Leading Roles include Reno Sweeney in Anything Goes (Sydney Opera House/Helpmann Award), Rose in Gypsy for the Production Company, Melbourne and the Curve Theatre, Leicester.

She also starred in the new Musical Life of the Party at the Menier Chocolate Factory. She played Miss Shields on Broadway in A Christmas Story the Musical at the Lunt Fontanne Theatre and Madison Square Garden. Caroline was a featured performer at the 2013 Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall.

Sarah Jane Moore in Assassins at Milwaukee Rep, Phyllis in Follies (Jeff Award) Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Mrs Lovett in Sweeney Todd at the Chatelet Theatre in Paris. Hildy Esterhazy in the English National Opera’s production of On the Town. Velma Kelly in the Australian production, and then made her Broadway début in the musical Chicago.

Caroline played Judy Garland in the World Premiere of End Of The Rainbow. Bombshells, a one-woman play, was written for Caroline by Joanna Murray-Smith. It played Sydney, Melbourne, and Adelaide, the Toronto Festival, Milwaukee Rep, the Edinburgh Festival (Fringe First) and The Arts Theatre (Olivier nomination Best Actress in a Play).

David Williamson wrote the play Scarlett O’Hara at the Crimson Parrot for Caroline. West End productions: Mabel Normand in Mack and Mabel (Olivier nomination, Best Actress in a Musical), Romance, Romance, Street Scene (ENO), Hot Stuff, Matador, Budgie, The Rink, Cabaret, Me and My Girl, Showboat (RSC), Damn Yankees, Baby, Into the Woods and A Chorus Line.

Australian productions: West Side Story, Piaf, Man of La Mancha and Funny Girl. She performed in the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall in Stephen Sondheim’s 80th Birthday Concert and in John Wilson’s Hooray for Hollywood.Caroline has created three one-woman shows, Stage to Screen in Australia, The Showgirl Within inLondon and The Girl from Oz in New York. Film work includes: Nini Legs in the Air in Baz Luhrmann’s Moulin Rouge, Ethel Merman in the Cole Porter biopic De-Lovely , Georgia in the Australian film Surviving Georgia. She has recorded four solo CD’s What I did for Love, Stage to Screen, A Tribute to Piaf and A Tribute To Garland.

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Emma Matthews

Emma Matthews is a highly acclaimed and awarded soprano having received seven Helpmann Awards, nine Green Room Awards, the Mo Award and the Remy Martin Australian Opera Award and Limelight Awards for Music Personality of the Year 2010, Best Performance in an Opera 2012 and Australian Artist of the Year 2016.

She has performed with all the state opera companies and the major Australian symphony orchestras, and at the Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide and Huntington Festivals, with conductors including Vladimir Ashkenazy, Marko Letonja, Sir Charles Mackerras and Simone Young.

Emma has sung the title roles in Partenope, Lucia di Lammermoor, Lakmé, The Cunning Little Vixen (Royal Opera House Covent Garden) and Lulu. Other roles have included Leila (The Pearlfishers), Amina (La Sonnambula), Philomele (The Love of the Nightingale) by Richard Mills, Ilia (Idomeneo), Juliette (Roméo et Juliette), Marie (La Fille du Regiment), Cleopatra (Giulio Cesare), Konstanze (Die Entführung aus dem Serail), Zdenka (Arabella), the four heroines (The Tales of Hoffmann), Pamina (The Magic Flute), Almirena (Rinaldo), Sophie (Der Rosenkavalier), Giulietta (I Capuleti e i Montecchi) and Cunegonde (Candide).

She is equally in demand on the concert platform, embracing a wide repertoire including the Requiems of Mozart, Brahms and Fauré, Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, masses by Poulenc, Villa Lobos, Haydn and Mozart, and Handel’s Messiah. She has also appeared as a special guest with José Carreras at the Sydney Opera House, and the New Year’s Eve Gala concerts for Opera Australia.

Emma has recently been appointed head of Classical Voice and Opera Studies at the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts, and Patron of Wesfarmers Young Artist Program at West Australian Opera.

Emma’s album of bel canto arias, Emma Matthews in Monte Carlo, was released by Deutsche Grammophon / ABC Classics to critical acclaim. Her album of Mozart arias with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and Marko Letonja conducting was released by ABC Classics in February 2014, and her most recent recording of bel canto arias with ABC Classics and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (Andrea Molino conductor), “Agony and Ecstasy” was released in September 2016.

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Alexander Lewis

With worldwide operatic engagements and performances in musical theatre, Australian tenor Alexander Lewis is forging a unique career as a “cross-over” artist. He performed the role of John Wormley in the world première of Matthew Aucoin’s opera Crossing, inspired by Walt Whitman’s journals.

Of his performance as the wounded young soldier, The New York Times hailed “The affecting young tenor Alexander Lewis brings cagey intensity to the role, singing by turns with flashes of defiance and pleading despair.”

This season’s engagements include performances as the title role in Candide with Sydney Philharmonia Choirs, Tony in West Side Story with Opera Australia as part of its Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour series, and Laca in Jenufa with Santa Fe Opera. He will performs Danilio in The Merry Widow with State Opera South Australia.

Last season’s engagements included reprisals of Count Danilo in The Merry Widow with West Australian Opera and Opera Australia, John Wormley in a remounting of Crossing at Brooklyn Academy of Music, and the title role of The Nose with Opera Australia and the Komische Oper Berlin. He also performed the title role in Les contes d’Hoffmann at Komische Oper Berlin; multiple engagements with The Metropolitan Opera including the title role of The Nose, St. Brioche in The Merry Widow, Borsa in their production of Rigoletto, and productions of The Death of Klinghoffer and Die Fledermaus; his Washington National Opera début as Flask in Moby Dick; and Tamino in Die Zauberflöte with West Australian Opera.

He was praised for his performance as George in Sondheim’s Sunday in the Park with George for the Victorian Opera Company in Melbourne. Other musical appearances have included Anthony Hope in Sweeney Todd with Opera Australia, Frederick Barret in Titanic, and Raoul and The Phantom in The Phantom of the Opera.

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Genevieve Kingsford

Born and raised in Melbourne, Genevieve moved to the UK to study at the London School of Musical Theatre. Graduating in 2014, her works whilst studying included the title role in Violet at the Bridewell Theatre, Martine (RSVP ASAP), Annie (The Faith Machine), Rose (Ruddigore) and Rosalind (As You Like It).

Genevieve made her professional debut playing Johanna in Sweeney Todd at the Twickenham theatre, which won the 2015 What’s On Stage Award for Best Off-West End Production.

Since returning to live in Australia, Genevieve has performed in the Australian International Opera Company’s La Traviata; and in Sing On Through Tomorrow, a musical review by acclaimed Australian composer Matthew Lee Robinson. Following this, she played the central role of Clara in the Life Like Company’s production of The Light in the Piazza.

In 2016, Genevieve was awarded the Melbourne’s East End Theatre District Artist Development Award at the Rob Guest Endowment Grand Final Concert.

Genevieve made her Production Company debut as Fiona in Brigadoon in 2017 and was nominated for best Leading Actress in a Musical at the Greenroom Awards.

Works following this included Eliza Doolittle in the Australian Shakespeare Company’s production of Pygmalion and Miss Phoebe D’ysquith in the Australian Premiere of A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder with the Production Company.

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